BELLE PLAINE — A man died in a grain bin Tuesday in rural Sibley County.

First-responders were called to a 74-year-old man trapped in a grain bin five miles west of Belle Plaine a little after 3 p.m.

Rodger Slater was inside the bin unloading soybeans when he became trapped and engulfed by the soybeans, according to a Sibley County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Emergency responders cut open a side of the grain bin and found Slater approximately an hour after arriving.

Slater was pronounced dead at the scene.

Slater lived in Eagan but owned the farm at which he died, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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